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Apparently I’m not the only person who feels like playing through old games and talking about them with other people: Michael Abbott and Dan Bruno noticed my throwaway comment on the subject, and, a weekend of e-mails later, the Vintage Game Club is formed.

Our first game will be the classic LucasArts adventure Grim Fandango. If playing through that and talking it over with other people sounds like fun, then go find a copy and get ready! We’ll get started on July 21; Michael has graciously offered to host the discussion, so go to his blog to chime in.

I’ll save what few other thoughts I have on the game until the start date. My first challenge actually will be making sure I can actually play the game at all, which I will spend a bit of time poking at over the next two weeks: it looks like it shouldn’t be too hard to get the game working under Linux, but who knows. (Hmm, I guess I haven’t actually thrown away my old Windows laptop yet, but I’d really rather avoid using it: the screen is held on with duct tape, the power supply and batteries are flaky, it’s been a couple of years since I’ve even tried to turn it on…) I just hope that, if it’s broken under Linux, it’s obviously broken: I will be unhappy if I start playing and run into a serious bug 10 hours into the game…

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